Update: PAROLE DENIED. The parole
of cop killer Paul McNeely has been denied. McNeely will not have
another hearing until December 2020. Thank you to everyone who submitted
letters to block this parole.
Coshocton Ohio Police Officer
Sanford Stanley Jr.'s Story
Officer Sanford Stanley Jr. was brutally murdered in the line of
· On July 19, 1976 Coshocton
Police Officer Sanford Stanley Jr. pulled over Paul W. McNeely
after seeing him hit a bridge abutment. Officer Stanley let
McNeely go with a warning.
Coshocton Ohio Police Officer
Sanford Stanley Jr.
· After being let go McNeely
went to his home and retrieved a 12-gauge shotgun, a .22 magnum
revolver and a .22-250 rifle. According to McNeely's own testimony,
each was kept in a different room in his home. He also filled
a bag with ammunition for each weapon.
· McNeely then drove to the
Coshocton Police Department and parked in an alley across the
street from the police station.
· McNeely walked across the
street and entered the police station through the back door.
· McNeely approached Officer
Stanley, who was unarmed at the time, and shot him with a 12-gauge
· Officer Stanley attempted
to get away from McNeely. McNeely followed Officer Stanley
through the corridor to the front door. McNeely then shot Officer
Stanley again, in the back, with a .22 caliber magnum revolver.
Officer Stanley died as a result of the gun shot wounds.
· Patrolman Stanley was survived
by his four young daughters.
Tried and Convicted.
· McNeely was tried for the
murder of Officer Stanley. During the trial Connie McNeely
testified that her husband (Paul) had a drinking problem, which
led to their separation,and her relocation to Virginia. She
also stated that Paul at times became argumentative and violent.
Paul W. McNeely
Next Parole Hearing:
the trial Paul McNeely testified that Officer Stanley had
stopped him on Route 16 for striking a guardrail
earlier. McNeely did not remember any conversation between
himself and Officer Stanley nor did he know why Officer Stanley
did not cite him.
· Further testimony was given that prior to the shooting
McNeely got into a scuffle with a patron at the Green Lantern
Inn and stated, "such people should be killed." This
patron may have been the McNeely's victim had Officer Stanley
not stopped him.
· A jury of 12 convicted Paul McNeely
of the offense of AGGRAVATED MURDER.
From Death Row to Parole
· McNeely was sentenced by a
Common Pleas Court Judge to be electrocuted on November 28,
· In 1978, The Supreme Court
of the State of Ohio, after considering the judgment of the
Supreme Court of the United States in the cases of Lockett
v. Ohio and Bell v. Ohio, modified that all Ohio death sentences
be commuted to life imprisonment with the opportunity for parole.
· In 1991, after serving only
15 years of incarceration, McNeely is eligible for parole.
The family of Officer Stanley collected letters and signatures
requesting the Ohio Parole Board to deny McNeely's request
for parole and submitted them to The Parole Board. McNeely's
request for parole was denied.
· McNeely was then eligible
for parole again in 2006. That parole was denied.
· McNeely is now eligible for
parole again in February 2011.
Initially Paul McNeely was sentenced
to the electric chair for the premeditated, cold-blooded ambush
and murder of Coshocton Police Officer Sanford Stanley Jr.
Due to an Ohio Supreme Court ruling cop killer Paul McNeely
is now up for parole after serving only 35 years of his life
sentence. Paroling McNeely would be a slap in the face to Officer
Stanley, his family, and every Law Enforcement Officer both
past and present. In addition releasing a violent cop killer
like McNeely would endanger the lives of all citizens. Based
on McNeely's horrific crime and the fact he was sentenced to
DEATH we believe Paul McNeely should serve his Maximum Sentence
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